Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Book - 2013
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Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385536974
0385536976
9780345803788
9780525563761
0525563768
Characteristics: 403 p. ; 25 cm

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lerche
Dec 12, 2018

A good read if you like soap operas and a litany of fancy brand name placings. Very predictable and superficial. I won't bother with the next two books by this author.

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Jersey_Girl
Dec 07, 2018

I really liked HeatherM's comment "A fluffy read that manages to be smart at the same time..."
Hey, as the title said, they were crazy, they were rich (SUPER DUPER RICH) and they were Asians! I was laughing so hard, my poor cat, trying to sleep on my bed kept waking up and glaring at me! Oh well. By the way, I loved the movie, but I would advise you to read the book before renting or buying the movie. As with most books to movies, there is more in the book than could be fit into the movie. But the movie was really good!

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

What a fun read. The right amount of snark with super likable characters. Can't wait to read the next one!

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swheeler89
Dec 04, 2018

Not my normal read - but so well written. Love how Kwan mixed humor and history into his story. Dont be tasked with explaining what happened - this is worse than any Soap, but an addictive page turner.

JCLHeatherM Dec 02, 2018

A fluffy read that manages to be smart at the same time, Kevin Kwan's debut novel is the start of a three-part series about the adventures of Rachel Chu - a city girl who made a name for herself in the world of academia and is thrust into the upper crust of Asian society when her boyfriend Nicholas Young takes her to meet his family.

Kwan's novel is full of heroes, heroines, and wickedly evil villains that will keep readers hooked from start to finish.

IndyPL_ShelbyP Nov 20, 2018

This book was fresh and funny and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was reading a parody of a soap opera with some of the scenes in this book. There were characters that I loved, and also characters I LOVED to hate. There are some pretty terrible people in these books but it's handled comically and I was still invested in the story even while hating a few characters (they don't appear often enough to make it a really bother). It was also very satisfying to see a few of those people get what they deserve, even in subtle ways. I felt so bad for what Rachel had to endure without being warned (REALLY NICK?! He's adorable but the most clueless guy ever sometimes) but she handled everything with absolute grace. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for a light and funny read!

The story is focused on prominent Chinese families who are exceedingly wealthy. It is a hilarious, truthful book about the feuds that come along with interfering mothers, expectations, spoiled children and generations of traditions. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion, comedy, romance, and drama. (submitted by JR)

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kaylee_schipani
Nov 09, 2018

Without much context, I checked this book out to see what all the hype was about. It was so interesting how the author separated the chapters to where there were multiple narrators so you got to know the different characters and how they each view the world around them. I was honestly hoping for more plot twists but found that most of the meat of the story was in the last 10 pages honestly. I liked experiencing the different cultures and family dynamics but definitely felt like the story was dragged out a big into 530 pages.

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Erikmontgelas
Nov 01, 2018

Not normally one to enjoy a type of popcorn drama novel like this, but this book had me hooked fairly early. The vivid description of the lives of the rich (and famous) in Singapore illustrated the characters that you encountered within. Needless to say, many of the characters were not likeable, but many were not meant to be. You see who you will be rooting for early on, and watch as their lives and relationships take stunning twists and turns as the result of the manipulative machinations of a few. Will most definitely be checking out book #2.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 23, 2018

Sweet, fun romcom. Makes me want to go and see the movie, and read the rest of the trilogy.

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2017

“But there must be something we can do.”
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action,” Sophie remarked. “If you do nothing, you’ll be sending a clear message: that you’re stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.”

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Mar 28, 2016

"I have no idea who these people are. But I can tell you one thing - these people are richer than God." -Peik Lin (pg 123)

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Oct 22, 2015

Eleanor had a long-held theory about men. She truly believed that for most men, all that talk of “being in love” or “finding the right one” was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.

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